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The Sundanese of West Java are the second largest ethnic group of Indonesia. The Sundanese language is noted for its liberal use of colorful interjections.
Like Javanese, it features an intricate system of levels to indicate degrees of respect and formality. Likewise, through there are considerable differences between Sundanese and Javanese culture, they touch with respect to forms of literature, gamelan music, dance, and wayang (puppet play). Less influenced by the strong mysticism which characterizes the Kejawen culture of Central Java, the Sundanese are more strictly Islamic.
Sundanese culture features a variety of performing arts traditionally associated with different social strata. The refined forms of tembang sunda (sung poetry) and gamelan degung music were meant for aristocratic elite, whilst the catchier versions of gamelan salendro and dances like ketuk tilu and jaipongan used to entertain masses. Nowadays, as feodal tendencies diminish, differences blur. No matter for interested visitor – Sundanese performing arts are alive and well.